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How To Guide: Colour

Refine the colour in your photos

As long as there have been colour images, photographers have been using it to generate impact. Knowing how to control and use colour in your shots can be the difference between good and great.

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Peterborough Fair, © Simon Firth 2012, Canon EOS 350D

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One way to control colour and look with an EOS is by using different Picture Styles. These offer optimised settings for Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation and Color tone. The good news is that your EOS comes equipped with a range of presets to cover many shooting occasions.

Picture_Tutorial_p1_03Switch the Mode Dial on the top right of your EOS to one of the options in the Creative Zone; <P>, <Tv> or <Av>. Then press the button marked with the symbol circled in red in the image to the right and choose the Picture Style from those listed below.

Picture_Tutorial_p1_04Auto:
The camera applies the style it thinks most appropriate to the scene

Picture_Tutorial_p1_05Standard:
The default setting, this option produces sharp images, good contrast and strong colours

Picture_Tutorial_p1_06Portrait:
Reduces sharpening slightly and produces accurate skin tones

Picture_Tutorial_p1_07Landscape:
Emphasises greens and blues and increases saturation

Picture_Tutorial_p1_08Neutral:
The colours are natural but subdued

Picture_Tutorial_p1_09Faithful:
Renders colour as closely as possible to how your eye perceives them in daylight

Picture_Tutorial_p1_10Monochrome:
Produces black & white photos. You can also apply four different filters (yellow, orange, red, and green) and four different toning effects (sepia, blue, purple, and green)

EOS, PowerShot G series and S Series cameras let you shoot photos in raw format. You can then change the Picture Style using the DPP software supplied with these cameras. Read the raw tutorial to learn more.

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